The Athletic’s Jim Bowden, a former Major League Baseball general manager, last week pinpointed the “most underrated” and “undervalued” prospect in each MLB organization.
For the Boston Red Sox, Bowden identified Aldo Ramirez, a 19-year-old pitcher who signed with the franchise as an international free agent in 2018.
Here’s what Bowden wrote about Ramirez:
Ramirez performed well in the New York/Penn League in 2019 as an 18-year-old, as shown by his 63 strikeouts and 16 walks in 61.2 innings. However, he was noticeably stronger this year in instructional league, with his fastball up to 96 mph with riding life. He’s a physical, athletic pitcher with a repeatable delivery and a three-pitch mix that includes a fastball, curveball and changeup. He profiles as a future mid-rotation-type starter.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Ramirez’s stock rise in 2021, perhaps even to the point where the right-hander no longer will be considered “underrated” when evaluating the Red Sox’s farm system.